Something Wicked This Way Comes
by Ray Bradbury
Analysis: Writing Style
Heavily Metaphoric, Sensual, and Poetic
Bradbury offers us richly layered prose that displays a slight obsession with metaphor. Jim is a kite, Will is earthbound. Will is a white rabbit. Will and Jim are tomcats. The library is not just a hushed, dark building full of books, but a "land bricked with paper and leather" where "anything might happen," where "a million folk ran toting canons, sharpening guillotines; Chinese, four abreast, marched on forever" (2.18). Nor does Bradbury's lush, imaginative style in this novel happen by chance. Rather, it invokes the worldview of thirteen-year-old boys for whom the world is alive with possibility and adventure.